1. (adjective) Of or relating to individuals who work in offices or other professional settings.

2. (adjective) Of or relating to work done by such individuals.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: white-collars
  • Type: white-collar crime

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Works Consulted

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Macionis, John, and Kenneth Plummer. 2012. Sociology: A Global Introduction. 4th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

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How to Cite the Definition of White-collar

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “white-collar.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/white-collar/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

white-collar. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/white-collar/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “white-collar.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/white-collar/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“white-collar.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/white-collar/>.